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Highway Dedicated to Former MPP and Speaker

Ontario Government Pays Tribute to John M. Turner


March 31, 2014

For Immediate Release


Ontario has dedicated Highway 115 to John M. Turner, former MPP for Peterborough and Speaker of Legislative Assembly of Ontario.


The 55-kilometre stretch of Highway 115 from Highway 401 in Clarington to Highway 7 (Lansdowne Street) in Peterborough will now also be known as the John M. Turner Memorial Highway.


John Melville Turner (1922-2013) was born and educated in Peterborough.  He worked there as a business manager before entering public office, first as an alderman, then as a Member of Provincial Parliament.  During his time in office, he was involved in the four-laning of this highway.




“John M. Turner was a decorated veteran of the Royal Canadian Air Force, and was a man who fought for and served democracy.  His country and his community both benefitted from his years of service.  This dedication will be a reminder for generations to come of how much Mr. Turner did for Peterborough.”
— Jeff Leal, MPP for Peterborough


“This highway dedication is a fitting tribute to Mr. Turner, who made significant contributions to the people of Peterborough during his many years of public service.”

— Glen Murray, Minister of Transportation and Minister of Infrastructure




  • Mr. Turner served in the Legislative Assembly of Ontario from 1971 to 1975, and again from 1977 to 1987.
  • He was the Speaker of the Legislature from 1981 to 1985.
  • He served in the Royal Canadian Air Force as a Pilot Officer from 1942 to 1945.




Read tributes delivered in the Ontario Legislature on the passing of John M. Turner.

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